by Angela Hatton, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear flew over western Kentucky today to assess the damage from storms and floods. The governor has also asked President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration, which would make money and other resources available for relief efforts. “We’re just making sure today that everything is… Continue reading Beshear Tours Western Kentucky Flood Damage
by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama seeking a federal disaster declaration. Beshear is touring western Kentucky today to review storm damage, and a presidential declaration could make federal relief funds available. “Obviously some of the damage is unknown, yet, because we won’t know… Continue reading Beshear Requests Federal Disaster Declaration
by Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio Damage assessments in flood-damaged parts of Kentucky are underway, but the extent of the damage and the cost of recovery won’t be known until the water recedes. Governor Steve Beshear says once the costs are known, he will likely request a presidential disaster declaration. “I would think we will,… Continue reading As Damage Assessments Begin, Beshear Contemplates Federal Assistance
by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich met today to discuss their states’ efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. Many of the prescription drugs abused in eastern Kentucky and neighboring regions come from Florida. Kasich says the governors must come together to stop the so-called pill pipeline… Continue reading Beshear and Other Governors Working Together to Fight Prescription Abuse
Florida Governor Rick Scott says he will support a compromise to implement a prescription pill tracking system in his state. Scott originally sought to block a prescription database from being used, citing privacy concerns. The system is meant to stop illegal prescription sales. Because Floridian pill mills are a major supplier of prescription drugs abused in Kentucky and elsewhere,… Continue reading Florida Governor Reverses on Prescription Tracking Program
The Community Farm Alliance has released a letter outlining the organization’s opposition to Louisville-based Yum Brands’ proposal to allow certain food stamps recipients to use their vouchers at fast food restaurants. Yum is asking Governor Steve Beshear to make the exception for disabled, elderly and homeless recipients. The CFA already took a stand against the change,… Continue reading Community Farm Alliance Releases Letter Against Yum Brands Food Stamp Proposal
Across-the-board cuts to state agencies, including education are out. So is language preventing additional furloughs, face-to-face interviews of Medicaid applicants, debt restructuring, and legislative pay during the veto recess.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the leaders showed the governor their bipartisan plan for balancing the Medicaid budget.
Majority Leader Rocky Adkins says the House still favors the governor’s Medicaid budget plan. Senate President David Williams says his chamber still prefers across-the-board cuts to state agencies.
Governor Beshear is flying around the state, trying to drum up support for his plan to balance Medicaid within the Medicaid budget. The Republican-controlled Senate wants across-the-board cuts to state agencies. Senate President David Williams says the governor should return home and debate him on Kentucky Educational Televsion.